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School of Communication Courses

Specialized Human Rights Courses

Classes that directly addresses human rights and issues of inequities
No specialized courses at this time.

Related Human Rights Courses

Classes that incorporate human rights or social inequities into their subject matter, but are not based around a human rights framework.

COMM 209: Communication and Society – This course explores the central role communication processes play in human life and society, with consideration of the practical ramifications as well as the theoretical implications of communication. Communication process issues involving gender, race, culture, ethnicity, class, and conflict and power are also analyzed.

COMM 275: Dissident Media – This course examines the evolution and impact of alternative media as forces for social change. It explores how dissident groups have used non-establishment media, such as suffragist and Socialist journals, African-American and gay presses, counterculture tabloids, Christian-right newsletters, and the "zines" of the 1990s, to organize and bring about reform. The course also examines the power of communication, the interplay between media and society, and the complex role of politically dissident media in American history.

COMM 296: Gendered Struggles in the Middle East – This seminar focuses on the representation of women in the Middle East in film, video, and new media. It explores why women have been historically depicted as the bearers of national identity, and often portrayed as repressed and subjugated. Films by and about women offer students a visual perspective on the complex and controversial issues that women from the region, in exile, or in the Diaspora, have faced. The primary medium of the seminar is seminal and often controversial films and video, supplemented by intellectual debates on representation and the history of gender and politics in the region.

COMM 401: Legal Aspects of Communication – This introductory course in media law focuses on legal issues involving the contradictions and controversies of the freedoms of communication, information, and belief that are embodied in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment.

COMM 508: The Media and Government – This course explores the president and the press, other Washington press corps-official relations, the quality of government news reporting and its effect on policy, issues of government information policy, control of the media, and journalists' First Amendment rights.

COMM 512: Social Documentary – This course studies successful approaches to social action documentary, including museum display, development, conflict resolution, and advocacy. Students analyze case studies, learn economic and social context, and develop proposals for social documentary.

COMM 514: Censorship and Media – This course is a survey of the history of censorship in the U.S. today in the newspapers, magazines, radio, movies, publishing, and television. International comparisons are drawn, and the problem of censorship in the schools is given special attention.

COMM 516: Unseen and Unheard: Documentary Storytelling in the Other Washington –This course commits teams of communication and anthropology students to produce media projects of direct use to non-profit, community, labor, and social justice organizations. Projects capture the narratives of under-represented people in their own words, using cameras and other digital media, to address pressing issues of health, labor, sexuality, the environment, housing, education, and hunger.

COMM 534: Race, Gender and the Media – This course challenges students to develop critical skills in examining and analyzing the role of race and gender in the production, distribution and consumption of the American mass media. Students study these powerful institutions and their role in creating, reproducing and reinforcing racism and sexism. The course focuses on media content and considers other social constructions including ethnicity, class, religion and sexual orientation.

COMM 535: Race, Ethnic, and Community Reporting – This course prepares students to report and write about increasingly diverse populations involving race, ethnicity, and religion at a local level. Students study race and ethnicity in the media, including cultural biases and approaches to non-mainstream communities, and then apply those concepts by creating profiles of metro-area neighborhoods and ethnic enclaves.

COMM 549: Propaganda and Media – This course is a study of propaganda systems, not a ‘how?to’ course. It examines key institutions, techniques, and objectives of domestic and international propaganda. The course discusses definitions, theory, research methods, origins and history of propaganda, common misunderstandings, propaganda and violence, psychological warfare and covert operations, information operations, public diplomacy, and emerging technologies. It includes examination of propaganda and structural violence.